Car­di­nals Even At 3-3, Fall Off Af­ter Pair Of Wins

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS WEEK - By Mark Humphrey

FARM­ING­TON — Thurs­day night Farm­ing­ton’s fo­cus was ra­zor sharp in a 2-1 win over Shiloh Chris­tian, but they fell off a bit drop­ping Fri­day’s game 7-4 to Spring­dale.

The Car­di­nals only com­mited one er­ror, but the mis­cue came at an in­op­por­tune time dur­ing a 2-run sixth in­ning by Spring­dale that en­abled the Bull­dogs to add a pair of in­sur­ance runs. Farm­ing­ton coach Jay Harper was frus­trated with men­tal mis­cues he at­trib­uted to the loss. Farm­ing­ton bat­ters struck out five times with three bat­ters go­ing down with­out swing­ing in­clud­ing the last man up in the bot­tom of the sev­enth, who had a run­ner on.

Car­di­nal pitch­ers twice hit Spring­dale’s nine-hole hitter and gave up 7 bases-on-balls.

“To be hon­est, we didn’t pitch it very well tonight,” Harper said. “When we walk too many it’s hard to win. Last night against Shiloh Chris­tian we pitched well and won. Tonight, against a Spring­dale team I think we’re bet­ter than we didn’t do that.”

Ju­nior Eric Hill was 3-of-4 with 2 RBIs. Will Da­nen­hauer and Tate Sut­ton each drove in a run.

Farm­ing­ton 2, Shiloh Chris­tian 1

Se­nior Derek Perona (7 strike­outs) earned the win against Shiloh Chris­tian. The Saints were lim­ited to 5 hits in 27 at-bats. Sopho­more Walker Wil­liams (2-for-3) was the only Saint, who could muster more than one hit. Jake Nel­son (1-for-3) and Sawyer Dud­dle­ston (1-for-3) had Shiloh’s only other hits. It took a solo home run by Shiloh se­nior Con­nor Clark to get the Saints on the score­board, but that was not enough. For Farm­ing­ton, Sut­ton (1-of-1, 2 base-on-balls) and Shof­fit each drove in a run.

Farm­ing­ton 17, Siloam Springs 3

Farm­ing­ton also looked sharp in de­feat­ing Siloam Springs, 17-3, on Tues­day, March 6. The Car­di­nals turned an early lead into a run-rule vic­tory. The Car­di­nals went up 2-1 in the first, then poured on mul­ti­ple runs in each of the next four in­nings. Farm­ing­ton scored 6 runs in the sec­ond, 4 in the third and tacked on 5 more in the fifth in­ning.

Six Car­di­nals pro­duced mul­ti­ple hits and the team com­bined for 6 ex­tra-base hits. Eric Hill went 4-for-4 with 2 dou­bles and 3 RBIs. Kyle Gates was 3-for-4 with 2 dou­bles and 4 RBIs. Drew Stur­geon, Tate Sut­ton, Hay­den VanLan­ing­ham and Evan Shof­fit were among those in the Car­di­nal lineup with mul­ti­ple hits. Lo­gan Bobak pitched 3 hit­less in­nings with 4 strike­outs.

The Pan­thers’ Bar­ron Meek hit a triple and Tay­lor Pool had a dou­ble.

“These guys are new play­ers in a year af­ter we grad­u­ate 10 se­niors,” Harper said. “Right now we’re 3-3, we’re six games in — the in­ex­pe­ri­ence ought to be gone. We’re set­tling in on our po­si­tions. The se­niors we’re count­ing on have to make plays and pitch oth­er­wise it’s go­ing to be a long sea­son.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Farm­ing­ton fresh­man Kale Pu­ri­foy does a back-flip to get the base­ball team ready to play against Spring­dale Fri­day. The feat has be­come a tra­di­tion for the Car­di­nals dur­ing pre-game prepa­ra­tions. Af­ter wins over Siloam Springs (17-3) and Shiloh Chris­tian (2-1) last week, the Car­di­nals were beaten 7-4 by Spring­dale on Fri­day.

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